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Plants, Flowers, Pollinators, Scent, Fragrance, Color

Plants Combine Color and Fragrance to Procure Pollinators

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ho knew that it’s possible to predict the fragrance of a flower by looking at its color? This is true for many of the 41 insect-pollinated plant species growing in a Phrygana scrubland habitat on the Greek island of Lesbos. An international research team published their findings Sept. 4 in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Conservation, bats, wildlife health

Efforts to Help Bats Survive Deadly Disease Get a Boost

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Research efforts aimed at identifying bat species or individual populations that may be able to survive the arrival of deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS) received a boost this week with the announcement of $100,000 (U.S.) in new funding for cross-border bat science.

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Drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAS test site, UAS, FAA

Landmark Study Suggests Risks Vary Widely in Drone-Human Impacts

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Virginia Tech’s world-renowned injury biomechanics group and its FAA-approved UAS test site in Blacksburg, Virginia, have just released the first peer-reviewed academic study to offer quantitative data on injury risk associated with potential drone-human collisions.

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whispering gallery, micro-laser, whispering gallery mode, Resonators, tunable laser, Laser, Optics, Photonics, T. Siegle, M. Remmel, S. Krammer , H. Kalt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, APL Photonics

Tiny Lasers from a Gallery of Whispers

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Whispering gallery mode resonators rely on a phenomenon similar to an effect observed in circular galleries, and the same phenomenon applies to light. When light is stored in ring-shaped or spherical active resonators, the waves superimpose in such a way that it can result in laser light. This week in APL Photonics, investigators report a new type of dye-doped WGM micro-laser that produces light with tunable wavelengths.

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Cornell Digital Ag Program Integrates with John Deere Operations Center

When farmers log into Ag-Analytics.Org, they can easily and securely integrate their data with the John Deere Operations Center with a few clicks. This allows farmers to securely use their high-resolution agriculture data in real time to extract more useful operations information with Ag-Analytics’ apps and tools

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Oak wilt, New York City, Cornell University, Trees, Brooklyn, Long Island, Fungus, NYSDEC

Devastating Tree Fungus Found in Brooklyn and Four Long Island Towns

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Cornell University scientists in partnership with state agencies identified oak wilt, a devastating pathogenic fungus that kills oak trees, in six new locations throughout New York state: four towns on Long Island, Brooklyn and Canandaigua.

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Melanoma, Resistance, cross-talk

Tumor-infiltrating B Lymphocytes Promote Melanoma Progression and Resistance to Therapy

In a multi-institutional collaborative study, scientists at The Wistar Institute and the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, have identified the role of tumor-infiltrating or tumor-associated B-cells (“TABs”) in melanoma progression and resistance to targeted therapy.

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Autism, ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Motor Behavior, motor deficits, brain processes, Sensorimotor, motor activity, Brain Anatomy, brain mechanisms, Motor Skills

$2.3m Grant to Fund New Direction in Autism Spectrum Disorders Research at KU

Study will define motor deficits in autism spectrum disorders from childhood through adulthood. The long-term goal to learn about the causes of both motor and related behavioral issues to develop more objective, biologically based targets for treatment.

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Chemistry, Biochemistry, Proteins

What Web Browsers and Proteins Have in Common

Researchers in the United States and Germany have just discovered a previously overlooked part of protein molecules that could be key to how proteins interact with each other inside living cells to carry out specialized functions.

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Politics, Political attitudes, Conservatives, Liberals, Science Denial, Climate Change, Political Psychology, Gun Control, Immigration, Motivated Reasoning, Same Sex Marriage, Nuclear Power, Health Care Reform

Science Denial Not Limited to Political Right

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A new study from social psychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests people of all political backgrounds can be motivated to participate in science denial.







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